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WWII Patch, USN, VP-4 VP-22

WWII Patch, USN, VP-4 VP-22

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-4
USN VP-22
Navy Patrol Squadron 4

Navy Patrol Squadron 22
SKINNY DRAGONS
4.25 inches

VP-4 / VPB-4
NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Tail Code: [SC/YD]
Name: Skinny Dragons
Call Sign (1960/1970's): Elklodge

1st VP-4
VP-4D14 Established: 15SEP28
VP-4B Redesignated: 21JAN31
VP-4F Redesignated: 17JUL33
VP-4 Redesignated: 01OCT37
VP-22 Redesignated: 01JUL39 | Disestablished: 18APR42

2nd VP-4
VB-144 Established: 01JUL43
VPB-144 Redesignated: 01OCT44
VP-144 Redesignated: 15MAY46
VP-ML-4 Redesignated: 15NOV46
VP-4 Redesignated: 01SEP48

HISTORY OF THE SKINNY DRAGONS
Patrol Squadron FOUR has a long and distinguished history dating back to pre-World War II.   The first squadron designated Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) was established in 1928 and was based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Re-designated Patrol Squadron TWENTY-TWO (VP-22) in 1938, the squadron was nearly destroyed during the Japanese attack on 7 December, 1941.  Following the attack, the squadron was reformed, refitted, and called to duty in World War II.  While in the defense of the Philippines the squadron lost all but one aircraft leading to the disestablishment of the squadron.  This paved the way for the second Patrol Squadron FOUR to be formed.

Over the years cruise books and squadron histories have mentioned earlier squadrons dating back to 1928.  The first squadron bearing the designation VP-4 was formed up about 1928, and operated out of Pearl Harbor.  In 1939 the first US Navy patrol wings were formed and all patrol squadrons at Pearl Harbor were organized under the command of Patrol Wing Two.  A new squadron numbering system was also instituted at that time, where the first number designated the patrol wing and the second number designated the squadron within the wing.  All of the 21 U.S. Navy patrol squadrons were renumbered under this new system.  VP-4 thus became VP-22, Number two squadron under Patrol Wing Two.

VP-4 was flying all PBY-3's in 1939 when its designation changed to VP-22.  Based on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor in December 1941. During the Japanese surprise attack on December 7th, seven of these aircraft were destroyed and others damaged.  In January 1942 VP-22 was sent to the Philippines to aid Patrol Wing Ten.  Heavy losses throughout Patwing 10 resulted in the decommissioning of three of the four patrol squadrons attached to the wing, including VP-22, in April 1942, and all remaining assets and personnel were absorbed into VP-101.

In July 1943, a new bombing squadron, Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY FOUR (VB-144) was established in Alameda, California and continued to conduct combat and reconnaissance operations throughout the Pacific Theater.  VB-144 was redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron (VBP-144) in October of 1944.  Following the war, VPB-144 was placed in an inactive status and existed only administratively at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, California.

VB-144 was a brand new squadron commissioned at NAS Alameda on July 1, 1943, with no connection to the above-mentioned VP-4/22.  Its designation was changed to VPB-144 in October 1944.  In late 1946 the squadron was demobilized, its assets dispersed, and all personnel sent home to the US for reassignment or discharge.

Some confusion exists about the connection of this squadron to the current VP-4.  This is because while VPB-144 no longer actually existed as an operational unit, it was kept on the Navy's books, a squadron on paper.  On May 15, 1946 the designations of all VPB squadrons, whether actually existing or only on the books, were changed to VP squadrons.  The ink had hardly dried on this change when in November 1946 patrol squadron designations were again changed.  The new designations reflected the type of patrol squadron, and VP-144 became VPML-4.  This stood for heavier-than-air, medium (twin engine), land-based patrol squadron.  All still just on paper with no actual squadron existing.

Price: $90.00


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